Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Dance of the Chromosomes

The lab of Whitehead Institute Member David Page investigates how specialized cells in the ovaries or testes start a remarkable type of cell division called meiosis in order to form egg or sperm cells. In this image, the cells outlined in red in this mouse testis are organizing and dividing their strand-like chromosomes (green) during meiosis. 

Image by Mina Kojima/Whitehead Institute

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Preview image for Research Highlights video

January 28, 2020

VIDEO: Winter 2020 Research Highlights from Whitehead Institute

In this video, learn about new findings by researchers in the Young, Sabatini, Page, Weng, Jaenisch, and Bartel labs.


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Three bat stars

February 26, 2020

MULTIMEDIA FEATURE: UNUSUAL LABMATES: Biology All-STARS

Discover how graduate student Zak Swartz in Whitehead Insitute Member Iain Cheeseman's lab uses colorful bat stars to study how cells divide.


PODCAST

Pulin LI

February 11, 2020

AUDIOHELICASE PODCAST: PULIN LI ON CREATING MULTICELLULAR PATTERNS IN A PETRI DISH

Whitehead Institute Member Pulin Li talks about how her lab engineers cells in Petri dishes to communicate with each other and form patterns, recreating processes seen in embryodevelopment—and how this work could eventually inform efforts to grow tissues in the lab.

In the News

February 20, 2020

To be long-lived or short-lived?

Whitehead team offers sweeping view of messenger RNA stability and degradation across thousands of genes


JANUARY 16, 2020

PUTTING A FINGER ON THE SWITCH OF CHRONIC PARASITE INFECTION

Researchers at Whitehead Institute have discovered the master regulator necessary for the pervasive parasite Toxoplasma gondii to chronically infect its host. This finding provides important insights into the parasite’s biology and allows scientists in the laboratory to control if and when the parasite can differentiate into its chronic stage, which may inform research into prevention and treatment of infection.


Microglia

NOVEMBER 26, 2019

WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE TEAM DEVELOPS NEW METHOD TO STUDY HUMAN BRAIN CELLS

Approach could accelerate studies of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease and other brain disorders

FEATURED

Illustration of scientist letting genie DNA out of a pot

SEPTEMBER 30, 2019

Beyond the Gene is a collection of pieces across storytelling mediums—text, audio, and video—that together paint a picture of how current research at Whitehead Institute is expanding the understanding of gene regulation.


Announcements

Photo of Whitehead Institute Founding Member Gerald Fink

Gerald Fink is Awarded the Genetic Society of America’s Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal

January 29, 2020

In honoring him with the Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal, GSA is recognizing Fink’s discovery of principles central to genome organization and regulation in eukaryotic cells.


Group photo of Brit d’Arbeloff and David Page (both seated) with Page lab postdoctoral fellow Adrianna San Roman (left) and Sahin Naqvi (rear), then a Page lab graduate student and now a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University.

January 9, 2020

WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE RECEIVES $10 MILLION GIFT TO STUDY SEX CHROMOSOMES’ IMPACT ON WOMEN'S HEALTH AND DISEASE

The gift establishes the Brit Jepson d’Arbeloff Center on Women's Health within the Institute’s Sex Differences in Health and Disease Initiative.


Whitehead Institute Member Hazel Sive

DECEMBER 13, 2019

SIVE NAMED DEAN AT NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

Whitehead Institute Member Hazel Sive, a globally respected developmental biologist and educator, will become Dean of the College of Science at Northeastern University, beginning in June 2020.


Whitehead Institute Director-Elect Ruth Lehmann

SEPTEMBER 19, 2019

RUTH LEHMANN ELECTED AS DIRECTOR OF WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE

Lehmann, a world renowned developmental and cell biology researcher, will be Whitehead Institute’s fifth Director.

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